Cold weather causes propane shortage

Propane is a high demand this winter due to the cold temperatures, and suppliers are having a difficult time keeping up.

More than 14 million American's use propane to fuel furnaces, and according to the Missouri Propane Gas Association, the shortage for the winter season began in October.

Due to a wet harvest, Show-Me-State farmers used more propane than usual to help dry crops, resulting in a shortage of the fuel for heating homes. That shortage has caused the price of propane to spike, causing a 32.8 percent increase compared to last year.

The Missouri Propane Gas Association is in the process of helping families that need assistance heating their homes due to the price increase.

Officials encourage low-income families to reach out to emergency assistance programs if they need help.